Types of Vehicle Safety Devices
Statistics have proven that vehicle traffic collisions are the leading cause of injury related deaths throughout the entire world. For this reason, automotive manufacturers are constantly discovering new safety devices to help keep vehicle occupants safer during collisions.
When Ford first started producing automobiles on the assembly lines, there were very few thoughts about integrating safety features into these automobiles. Since then, there have been countless inventions to ensure everyones safety.
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Types of Automotive Safety Features
Since the first automobile was produced, there have been countless innovations in vehicle safety devices. These safety devices are intended to protect us from every type of injury that could possibly occur resulting from an auto accident.
Some types of safety devices include:
- Anti-lock breaks
- Auto dimming mirrors
- Automatic braking systems
- Backing up sensing systems
- Blind spot detection systems
- Daytime running lights
- Electronic stability control
- Enhanced visibility
- Forward collision warning systems
- Head restraints
- Lane departure warning systems
- Padded knee bolster
- Parking assist
- Rearview cameras
- Reverse backup sensors
- Side-view assist
These are simply a few safety devices which have been implemented and updated throughout the years. Of course, to truly recognize how far we have come over the years to increase the safety of our vehicles, we must recognize some significant car safety feature dates.
Significant Car Safety Feature Dates
Beginning in the 1930s there have been numerous adjustments, modifications, and renovations which bring us to the modern day vehicles seen on across our Oklahoma roadways. Some of the most significant dates in the history of automotive safety innovations include:
- 1934 GM performs the first ever crash test
- 1947 American Tucker builds the first padded dashboard
- 1949 Saab produces first car with safety cage
- 1949 Chrysler produces first car to include standard disc breaks
- 1959 Volvo introduces first standard 3-point seatbelt
- 1964 Front outboard lap belts are required by law
- 1966 Front and rear outboard lap belts become mandatory
- 1966 The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Transportation Safety Board are founded
- 1969 Front outboard head restraints become mandatory
- 1970 Ford offers rear-wheel anti-lock brake system
- 1974 GM offers both driver and passenger airbags
- 1979 The NHTSA publishes crash test results
- 1986 The third break light becomes standard
- 1994 Crash tests are made mandatory on all vehicles
- 2003 The IIHS begins implementing side-impact crash testing
- 2009 Citroen introduces an Intelligent Anti-Skid system
In recent times, there have been countless forms of new technology which have been introduced and are now considered mandatory on all vehicles. Vehicles are now required to have backup cameras, lane departure warning systems, dual-stage airbags, and blind spot detection systems.
Vehicle Safety Device Injuries
As these safety devices are designed to protect us during an accident, unfortunately some devices may malfunction and have the reverse effect. In other cases, these devices may be so effective they end up causing more harm than safety. In any case, these safety devices should be used at all times while traveling in our vehicles.
Some vehicle safety device injuries include:
- Airbag injuries
- Broken bones
- Broken glass injuries
- Burn injuries
- Corneal abrasion injuries
- Dental injuries
- Facial injuries
- Nerve damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
Our attorneys advise anyone that has been involved in an accident to seek medical attention following the incident. This will not only provide you with the necessary medical attention required to heal properly, but also provide you with medical documents which can be used by our attorneys against the negligent injury causing individual or entity.
Contact an Experienced Oklahoma City Auto Accident Attorney
At The Edwards Law Firm, our attorneys have great sympathy for those injured due to the negligent actions of another individual. We have achieved over $100 million in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients and have the determination to fight for your maximum compensation benefits in the court of law.
Some local Oklahoma City locations we serve include:
- El Reno
- Midwest City
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